The Utopia And Science Fiction Genres Of Books, Movies, And Even Video Games

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Term Paper Draft Imagine a country where its government can see all and know all about you, your family, and your friends. Nothing is safe. Nothing is private. Nothing is truly yours. This idea is often explored in the utopia and science fiction genres of books, movies, and even video games. In 1984, a book by George Orwell, citizens of Airstrip One, which was previously England, are under constant surveillance from their government and leader, Big Brother. Nothing in their country is private, even their thoughts are monitored and regulated by their government. Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg, depicts a science fiction future where citizens are under constant surveillance. Not only are they being monitored for crimes, but for the functionality of technology and personal advertisements. Bioshock, a 2009 video game, shows the crumbling utopia, Rapture, where its citizens had to follow the beliefs of its creator, Andrew Ryan. If discovered by Rapture’s many cameras unfollowing citizens could be executed, beaten, or jailed. Even though “Big Brother is watching you” seems like a far fetched plot, its theme and representation strongly persists in our country today. “Information privacy, defined as the ability of the individual to control when, how, and to what extent his or her personal information is communicated to others, is one of the most important and ethical, legal, social, and political issue of the information age” (Hong). Surprisingly, the

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